As the world beings to open up again, many people are booking trips abroad to shake off the cobwebs of lockdown. As the excitement of going on holiday builds, we’re here to help you navigate UK’s largest airport.
Staying COVID safe & Being Prepared
It’s essential to keep COVID safety in mind when travelling. Simple things like keeping your mask or keeping your exemption lanyard on at all times and bringing a spare hand sanitiser will help keep you protected as the number of cases in the UK rise. Pack some surface wipes so you can wipe down chairs and tables before using, and remember not to touch any surfaces or your face as you make your way through Heathrow.
When you arrive at the airport, make sure you organise any liquids in your hand luggage into clear plastic bags before going through security. Having everything ready will reduce your time in line and get you through security much faster.
Cancellations and contracting the virus are still a risk even with all of the precautions in the world. Arranging protection is the only way to ensure you don’t lose out. Staysure offer comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for COVID related cancellations, giving you freedom from worry.
Known as the fastest way to travel between Heathrow and Central London, this shuttle train will get you from Paddington Station to the airport in 15 minutes for a high price. Buying your ticket for the Heathrow Express on the day and it could set you back by up to £40.
If you want something more affordable, hop on the London Underground as you’ll pay significantly less and is sometimes a quicker choice. If you have a lot of luggage, you could also get a taxi, but this would be the most expensive choice if you’re looking to keep things within a budget.
Get to the airport with plenty of time to spare
No one wants the stress of rushing to make their flight. Always make sure you give yourself plenty of extra time as you never know when unexpected delays, such as traffic or rail breakdowns, could be the difference to whether to make that flight or not.
Security has longer queues than other airports due to Heathrow Airport’s sheer size, too; giving yourself an extra hour or two will make your journey as stress-free as possible.
Check Your Terminal
Heathrow’s terminals have been known to be confusing, especially if it’s your first time travelling through this airport. Check your booking online to see which terminal you need before you set off for the airport; this will help you navigate the vast size of the buildings and know precisely where you need to be.
Don’t worry if you get lost and end up in the wrong building; shuttle buses and trains are available to travel between the terminal buildings.
Download the App
The airport has a free app to help travellers with their journey. The app provides all the information you may need, including how to plan your way around the airport, live flight updates and special offers.
This app is a fantastic asset to help you keep track of everything to do with your flight, as well as helping you if you get lost too.
Make Use of the Lounge
Getting to the airport early, so you have plenty of time, is great, but you may end up having to wait hours for your flight. Unless you’re already a loyalty programme member, the lounges available for day passes are the best ones to use. Information on which lounges are available for day passes can be found on the Heathrow Airports website. You can book in advance or pay on the day, then sit back and relax whilst you wait for your flight.